JOSEPH PARKER VS HUGHIE FURY HEADING TO ITV PPV?

Yeah I know it sounds far-fetched. But after father and trainer to Hughie Fury, Peter Fury spoke exclusively to FighTalk.net on Monday stating “There will be a broadcast announcement soon. They are going to be proven wrong!” my mind started to wonder. Who are “they”? The critics, Boxnation or rival promoters? It was very clear after Peter Fury went on to say “to all those promoters that are not with us. They can go and jack themselves off in the toilet! They talk a lot of shit!”.

What we know for sure at the moment is that BT and Boxnation do not have the fight between the WBO champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury on their current schedule or TV listings. Along with Hennessy sports and Duco Events hosting the press conference for the World title fight in July with no Frank Warren or any BT representatives in sight.

BT and Boxnation’s schedule for boxing contains Miguel Cotto v Yoshihiro Kamegai for a light middleweight world title on the 26th August, Billy Joe Saunders defending his middleweight title against Willie Monroe Jr on September 16th followed by the much anticipated Gennady Golovkin VS Canelo Alvarez on the same evening. That’s only three cards in the space of six weeks. You would think a Heavyweight World title fight would complement the previously mentioned championship fights generously.

But for one reason or another BT look have discarded the opportunity to televise Joseph Parker’s first fight in the UK. Do they not care about the fight or have they got their eyes on other big fights and save some of their budget? All questions I am sure will be answered over the coming weeks.

So why ITV PPV? Surely they have Chris Eubank Jr to keep their hands full. Well probably for not much longer considering Eubank Jr has signed up for the super middleweight version of the World Boxing Super Series. Kalle Sauerland who runs the tournament is hopeful that he can find a UK broadcaster to televise most if not all the fights. The obvious option being Sky Sports, considering promoter Eddie Hearn has three fighters competing in the tournament and he is a friend of Sauerland, It starts to look probable. Despite Eddie Hearn stating on IFL TV “I am not sure we can fit all the fights on the current schedule.” Its unlikely ITV PPV would have the experience or money to stage most or the entire tournament at this stage. Leaving the currently non televised (in the UK at least) WBO Heavyweight World title fight between the both unbeaten Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury as an affordable and attractive alternative to Chris Eubank Jr.

Obviously this all remains to be seen in another on-going saga involving Team Fury.

By Adam Noble-Forcey

@Adam4cSports

Check out the full interview with Peter Fury by Sam O’Reilly below;